week 1 2018 – the ‘chablisesque rogues’ gallery

By billn on January 05, 2018 #reports

A short first week in Chablis, but there’s two more weeks (plus a bit) to come. Here my first ‘rogues’ galley and already it’s clear that 2016 in Chablis is a fascinating vintage – already three distinct styles – and that’s with only 10 of 60 visits done!

Now recharging the batteries in Beaune for the weekend – cheers!

December 2017 Burgundy Report is now online for subscribers!

By billn on December 28, 2017 #reports


The trilogy of October to December reports cover 101 Côte d’Or domaines and over 1,600 wines.
With over 100 more domaines to be covered in January and February – that’s for 2016 Chablis and 2016 Beaujolais – nobody else provides such depth and perspective of the new vintage in Burgundy.


2016 red burgundy – report online

By billn on December 20, 2017 #reports

For subscribers, my November report with 50 visit reports and 650 wines and more is now online:

2016, not much wine, a complex yet highly rewarding red burgundy vintage

And if you’re undecided about subscribing – here is my report on the 2014 Reds:
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2016 White Burgundy Report

By billn on November 22, 2017 #reports

There are 550 wines in this issue, 400 of them in the White Report but there’s also plenty of Moulin à Vent & Central Otago pinot noir too. Want to see what you might be missing? Check out my 2014 White Burgundy Report – now free for all…

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

By billn on October 14, 2017 #reports#travels in burgundy 2017

Some lovely visits to kick off the work for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report. Wines that are really a surprise (to me) and it was particularly good to see some smiles on the faces of many vigneron(ne)s after their 2017 harvest – not everyone, but most.

Now it’s my birthday weekend (I’ve been told!) so time to open some bottles – no?

september’s burgundy report is online

By billn on October 09, 2017 #reports


Of-course the 2017 harvest, observations and some hints to what we might be tasting (and buying) in another 12-15 months are centre-stage.

With vintages ending in a ‘7’ in mind, a look at some ‘executive wines’ from the 1997 vintage – 20 years on. Even in a modest vintage, such things are only borderline ‘ready’ after 20 years.

Lastly a tour of Saint-Véran, it’s beautiful countryside and vineyard-scape – plus of-course one or two (88!) wines tasted.


July 2017 Burgundy Report online

By billn on September 01, 2017 #reports

[For subscribers] A profile of Saint Amour – is that even possible? Blind tasting about 50 St.Amours is of-course no-problem, likewise visiting ten new producers. Then back to the Côte de Nuits with a sniff of Chambolle-Musigny and much more Vosne-Romanée.


june 2017 burgundy report, now online

By billn on July 28, 2017 #reports

Online today – the June 2017 Burgundy Report

Ten reports covering new and revisited domaines from Chablis to Beaujolais – the latter, a modest tasting of 34 wines from the appellation of Moulin à Vent. Normally, I aim for at least a dozen reports per month in this ‘off-season’ time – but having ‘lost’ my car for 3 weeks, it’s fair to say that the logistics were not on my side in June – but I almost made it 🙂

Particularly nice was the opportunity to visit and taste 15s with Thierry Brouin at Domaine des Lambrays – in his last days at the helm of the domaine (since 1980!) before retirement. Such a great character…

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